Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0015. Saturday, 4 January 1997.
Date: Friday, 3 Jan 1997 11:59:49 -0500
Subject: 7.0942 Re: Tone of "Madam"
Comment: Re: SHK 7.0942 Re: Tone of "Madam"
While it seems clear that Hamlet would have referred to his mother
appropriately as "Madam," this doesn't seem to me to preclude the sneering
undertone. Anyone with children over twelve knows that they use polite terms
dripping with sarcasm to demonstrate their contempt.